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Detectives have an additional 24 hours to question triple homicide suspect

Investigators have been given an additional 24 hours to question a man being held in connection with the murder of a mother and her two young children.

Fatimah and Naeemah Drammeh, three and one, died in an arson attack at their home in Fairisle Close, Clifton, Nottingham, in the early hours of Sunday.

Her mother, Fatoumatta Hydara, 28, was taken to hospital and placed on life support but died on Tuesday.

A 31-year-old Clifton man arrested Sunday night was due to be released Thursday night before detectives received an extension of his sentence.

It comes as a team of 40 detectives continues to investigate CCTV, forensics and other evidence.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Sinski, who is leading the investigation, said: “The investigation is progressing well and we will not stop until we get justice for the family.

“Officials have been working tirelessly since the early hours of Sunday morning to get a picture of what happened on that fateful day.

“This is a horrific crime that broke a family and had an immense impact on the Clifton community.”

Aboubacarr Drammeh, 40, paid tribute to his wife and two daughters, describing their deaths as a “cruel crime”.

Nottinghamshire Police said there was no evidence the attack was a “hate crime”.

Mr Drammeh, who flew back from the US after the fire, said: “We are very saddened to have lost Fatoumatta and our two daughters in such a tragic way.

“Fatoumatta had lived a short but very beautiful and fulfilling life. Fatoumatta, a former volunteer, was a very happy, spirited woman who wouldn’t have the heart to harm a fly.

“It is therefore inconceivable who could have committed this horrible crime against my family.

“We would like to thank the Ahmadi Muslim community in Nottinghamshire, the Gambian community, local neighbors and all these well-wishers for their continued support at this difficult time.

“Me and my in-laws are without daughters, grandchildren and nieces. I will miss my family very much.”

Police are asking for information and are particularly keen to speak to everyone on the streets in the area between 00:00 and 04:30 on Sunday.

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